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dc.contributor.advisorKafadar, Cemal
dc.contributor.authorKayhan Elbirlik, Leyla
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-30T17:53:20Z
dash.embargo.terms2015-06-07en_US
dash.embargo.terms2015-06-07
dc.date.issued2013-09-30
dc.date.submitted2013
dc.identifier.citationKayhan Elbirlik, Leyla. 2013. Negotiating Matrimony: Marriage, Divorce, and Property Allocation Practices in Istanbul, 1755-1840. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.en_US
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/gsas.harvard:10864en
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:11125998
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation studies the construction of the marital bond and its dissolution with respect to the normative stipulations of the shari'a, social and moral constructions, and the cultural formations during late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century Istanbul. Through the examination of court cases, estate inventories, and contemporary chronicles, I demonstrate the strategies and practices that perpetrated possible patterns in the matrimonial union. Although Islamic law allowed for and encouraged the spouses to reconcile marriage-related negotiations outside of court, the amount of registered marital disputes indicates the central role of the court for spouses in establishing conciliatory grounds. This study explores in particular the consensual and purposeful use of the shari'a courts by women. The examination of the sicils from three different courts in intra muros Istanbul has shown that women were adamant about formalizing the consequence of marriage, divorce and property related discordances hoping to secure their future interests. The dissertation essentially introduces the largely overlooked issue of the specialization of courts in this period and presents specifically the Dāvud Pasha court’s concentration on marriage and family-related disputes. By focusing on local practices and particularities through a case-by-case methodology, the study delivers a portrayal of Ottoman urban marriage structure within the context of the socio-legal and economic dynamics of the period. Given that the formal registry of marriage contracts and divorce settlements was not legally enforced until the early twentieth century, the extensive practice of registration in court could be interpreted as the preliminary steps to the formalization and codification of the marital union. I offer a likely reading of women’s experiences with respect to marriage and property ownership suggesting that the predominant marriage pattern observed in the segment of the population that used the court was companionate. By analyzing quantitative data and archival material, I demonstrate women’s visibility in the public sphere through their significantly increased use of courts, proactive utilization of social networks, and strategic activities vis-a-vis marriage and divorce to depict a portrayal of the late eighteenth-century Istanbul family.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dash.licenseLAA
dc.subjectMiddle Eastern historyen_US
dc.subjectWomen's studiesen_US
dc.subjectHistoryen_US
dc.subjectDivorceen_US
dc.subjectEighteenth Centuryen_US
dc.subjectIstanbulen_US
dc.subjectMarriageen_US
dc.subjectOttoman societyen_US
dc.subjectPropertyen_US
dc.titleNegotiating Matrimony: Marriage, Divorce, and Property Allocation Practices in Istanbul, 1755-1840en_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorKayhan Elbirlik, Leyla
dc.date.available2015-06-08T07:30:30Z
thesis.degree.date2013en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHistory and Middle Eastern Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Universityen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberZe'evi, Droren_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberEl-Rouayheb, Khaleden_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedKayhan Elbirlik, Leyla


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